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, right there. but as dan simon tells us, even that gap is narrowing. >> reporter: online versus brick-and-mortar. the battle has never been so intense. for years, internet merchants like amazon had a key advantage in states like california. no sales tax. local bookstores already under pressure by the rapid rise of ebooks and large bookstore chains felt particularly squeezed. michael tucker owns a chain of bookstores in san francisco. >> if you can save 10%, why wouldn't you? >> reporter: but amazon's tax advantage recently disappeared in california, adding 7% to nearly 10% to the cost of each order. it also began taxing in other states like pennsylvania and texas. online retailers collect tax only for states where they have a physical presence. now here in california, amazon is building two giant warehouses. including this one near los angeles. it's a million square feet, and for old fashioned retailers, it's another reason to worry. why? because amazon's goal is to get items to customers faster and to be able to offer same day delivery. that's right. you can avoid stores if you want
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